Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) provided 14 ventilator machines to six hospitals in Ghana to support the work of Intensive Care Units. The equipment was donated as part of the ‘COVID-19 Alliance of Ghanaian Hospitals to Secure Medical Staff’ project. The equipment was provided as part of the German Government’s effort to ensure the availability and access to the infrastructure needed for the reliable treatment of hospital staff and critically ill patients in need of intensive care because of COVID-19.

The beneficiary hospitals included:

  • Nyaho Medical Centre
  • Lister Hospital
  • 37 Military Hospital
  • Ghana Police Hospital
  • International Maritime Hospital and
  • Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

The German Government is also committed to supporting the training of hospital staff and maintenance teams to operate and repair the equipment. A consortium will also be established among partnering institutions to exchange knowledge and share best practices.

Mrs. Regina Bauerochse Barbosa said GIZ was working with several partners in Ghana to outfit to support the fight against the pandemic with wide ranging interventions including:

  • Collaboration with “Food for All Africa” to provide nutritious meals to frontline workers and vulnerable groups.
  • Working with Kasapreko Ltd to produce disinfectants from cassava ethanol
  • Supporting Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Hive to develop COVID-19 test kits
  • Supporting Academic City College to finish developing a prototype ventilator into a final low-cost product

Dr. Elikem Tamaklo, Medical Director of Nyaho Medical Centre received the donation on behalf of beneficiary hospitals and thanked GIZ and the German Government for ventilators. Dr. Tamaklo observed that the partnerships among governments and the public and private health sectors remained key to beating COVID-19. He said the need to collaborate to develop a sustainable health sector was evident now more than ever.

Dr. Edem Hiadzi, CEO of Lister Hospital also expressed gratitude to GIZ for the supportive role GIZ was playing to boost the capacity of Ghana’s healthcare system to manage severe cases of COVID-19, particularly intensive care cases.

The ‘COVID-19 Alliance of Ghanaian Hospitals to Secure Medical Staff’ comprises two private hospitals, four public hospitals and a private bio-medical engineering company to work collaboratively to equip Intensive Care Units of partner hospitals and exchange knowledge about the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri